Many successful entrepreneurs started by taking a hobby and turning it into a side hustle. That side hustle can eventually turn into a bona fide business. But where do you even start along a similar path?
Take Facebook, for example, which started in a college dorm room. Mark Zuckerberg created social networking websites for his fellow students at Harvard University. He then created “The Facebook” to replace or substitute the paper profiling system used at the university. With great success at Harvard, he began to expand to other universities, then to high schools, and ultimately into the general public.
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5 steps to turn your hobby into a side hustle
List your hobbies and passions
The first step is to make a list of your favorite hobbies and passions. Keep it short and only include the top contenders. Prioritize them in the order of your proficiency. Take this list and translate each hobby or talent into a viable product or service.
For example, I launched my first side hustle after graduating college when I had started my first engineering job. I was proficient at math and science due to my engineering schooling, and I had earned my way through school by working as a chef and caterer in numerous restaurants. I had experience with writing and editing.